An Ethnography of Global Environmentalism: Becoming Friends of the Earth

Caroline Gatt

Research output: Book/ReportBook


Based on nine years of research, this is the first book to offer an in-depth ethnographic study of a transnational environmentalist federation and of activists themselves. The book presents an account of the daily life and the ethical strivings of environmental activist members of Friends of the Earth International (FoEI), exploring how a transnational federation is constituted and maintained, and how different people strive to work together in their hope of contributing to the creation of "a better future for the globe." In the context of FoEI, a great diversity of environmentalisms from around the world are negotiated, discussed and evolve in relation to the experiences of the different cultures, ecosystems and human situations that the activists bring with them to the federation. Key to the global scope of this project is the analysis of FoEI experiments in models for intercultural and inclusive decision-making. The provisional results of FoEI’s ongoing experiments in this area offer a glimpse of how different notions of the environment, and being an environmentalist, can come to work together without subsuming alterity
Original languageEnglish
PublisherRoutledge Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages254
ISBN (Electronic)9781315871219
ISBN (Print)9780415717625
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2018

Publication series

NameRoutledge Studies in Anthropology


  • Environment
  • Environmentalism
  • Environmental Anthropology
  • Globalisation
  • Social and Cultural Anthropology


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